Women and Hollywood


Melissa Silverstein is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender parity across the entertainment industry.

She is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Athena Film Festival. The 4th annual festival took place from February 6-9, 2014 at Barnard College in NYC.

Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.

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Women and Hollywood

Women and Hollywood Summer 2014 Preview

The 15 movies about women we're most looking forward to this summer.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • March 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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Belle Director Amma Asante on Challenging Stereotypes About Black Directors

Part Two of our interview: "I wanted to create my version of an English rose. I really wanted to communicate to the audience: there are many types of English roses, and let me offer you another one for your consideration."
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 28, 2014 10:00 AM
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Belle Director Amma Asante Explains Why She Wanted Tell a Jane Austen Story With a Black Protagonist

There's nothing quite like "Belle" on the contemporary film scene -- a luxurious period piece and a sweet, gentle romance that wears its keenly insightful politics on its silk sleeves. In the first of two interviews, Director Amma Asante discusses gender, love, and the origins of the film.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 27, 2014 11:34 AM
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Athena FF: Amma Asante's Belle Revisits Jane Austen Through Black POV

"This is the story of a woman who is loved." Those are the words black British director Amma Asante used to describe her marvelous sophomore feature "Belle" at the Athena Film Festival this past weekend, and they had a palpable emotional impact when Asante uttered them at the film's post-screening Q&A.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • February 10, 2014 10:11 PM
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Amma Asante, Rebecca Miller Announce New Projects

Great news: two female filmmakers have announced new projects today.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 13, 2014 12:30 PM
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Women-Directed Films in 2014 Will Be Few and Far Between (Updated)

Movie-lovers interested in films by women directors won't have much reason to go to the mutliplex this year. In 2013, only three films from female filmmakers opened in wide release. 2014 looks to be a slight improvement, but not by much.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • January 7, 2014 1:21 PM
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Variety's 10 Directors to Watch: A Glimpse of the Future We're Fighting for

Not too long ago, it seemed as though Variety had never heard of a woman director other than Nicole Holofcener. But its "10 Directors to Watch" list for 2013 gives female filmmakers a much fairer turn, with five of the eleven directors singled out for recognition being women.
  • By Inkoo Kang
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  • December 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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Trailer Watch: Belle - Directed by Amma Asante

Amma Asante's Belle premiered last month at TIFF.
  • By Kerensa Cadenas
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  • October 28, 2013 10:00 AM
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The Big O: When Race is an Issue in the Oscars

What does a black leading lady have to do to win an Academy Award again? Considering there seems to be a renaissance in black cinema, you would think the timing would be perfect. But you would be wrong.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • September 20, 2013 1:00 PM
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